News for Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Don't count Rove out

Karl Rove exited arguing with everyone - so spirited in his own defense as he blanketed the Sunday talk shows that he hardly needs further assistance from anyone.

Dentists going to court over Medicaid cutoff

ATLANTA - A contract dispute between two insurance companies and a dental chain serving mostly children in low-income families is moving from the streets into a federal courtroom.

Pond chum Local man's waterscapes help beautify your home

Michael Grochowski has been called a builder, creative constructor and an artist - or just call him "the pond guy."

Atlanta NAACP: After sentence, let Vick return to football

ATLANTA - Pro quarterback Michael Vick should be allowed to return to football after he serves his sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP said on Wednesday.

Slaying suspect found in N.J. Dying woman says man stabbed her; arrest comes one day later

DULUTH - Less than 24 hours after a dying stabbing victim told police the name of her alleged killer, authorities arrested Yanghee Kim as he stepped off a train nearly 700 miles away.

Contract extension in works for administrator

LAWRENCEVILLE - Expecting a heated political battle over the next year and a half, Commissioner Kevin Kenerly wants to keep one constant in Gwinnett government.

Braves notes: Renteria's comeback derailed after 1 pitch

CINCINNATI - It took 19 days for Edgar Renteria to recover from a sprained right ankle. And it took only one pitch Wednesday for the shortstop to re-injure it.

Be careful when hiring clean-up crews after storm damage

The destructive winds of Hurricane Katrina had barely subsided when the first crews started working their way through the debris-strewn neighborhoods of coastal Louisiana and Mississippi.

Nation Briefs

Boss of Utah mine: 'I didn't desert anybody'

Political notebook: Huckabee, Giuliani coming to Gwinnett

Gwinnett may be turning into a regular stop on the campaign trail for Republican hopefuls.

Keppinger homer hurts in Braves loss

ATLANTA - The season's clock is ticking now. And while there are still 35 games left, the Braves are starting to feel the heat.

CON approved for new hospital in Walton

MONROE - Walton Regional Medical Center has received approval for funds that will allow the construction of a 77-private-bed facility.

Former GAC star finds home with Marines

Brian Irizarry's career path seemed to be predictable as late as this spring, when he was a student teacher at Grayson High School.

Grant looking to be multi-purpose threat Backup opens offensive options for Yellow Jackets

ATLANTA - Tashard Choice is a lock as Georgia Tech's top tailback; job security comes with the honor of leading the ACC in rushing last season.

World Briefs

Hurricane Dean batters Mexican coast, mountains

Body found in Norcross identified as Hampton man Police say death looks accidental

NORCROSS - Investigators have identified a body found Tuesday behind a vacant Norcross building as a 23-year-old man from Hampton.

Copter crash kills 14 U.S. troops Suicide truck bombing kills at least 45 amid a series of deadly attacks

BAGHDAD - Fourteen U.S. soldiers were killed Wednesday when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a nighttime mission in northern Iraq, but the military said it appeared the aircraft was lost by mechanical problems and not from hostile fire.

ARC backs new penny sales tax

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Atlanta Regional Commission has backed a 1-percent sales tax as the best solution to the region's transportation funding crisis.

Police, Fire Reports

Family of four displaced by fire

Man accused of stealing hair clippers pleads not guilty Barrow court news

WINDER - A man accused of taking a set of hair clippers worth about $160 pleaded not guilty to armed robbery charges Monday.

Prince Charles builds an organic kingdom

HIGHGROVE HOUSE, England - The head gardener to Prince Charles here has gotten used to unusual requests from the heir to the British throne.

Colorful, playful hampers can make doing laundry fun

As a kid, I would help my mom with the laundry. We had the biweekly Empty Hanger Collection Day, the weekly Dirty Laundry Dispensing Day and the near-daily Laundry Folding Event. I hated doing laundry then. I hate doing laundry now.

Fun finds

Democrats out of luck if surge works

George Orwell, call your office. You can add to your list of opposites ("war is peace," "ignorance is strength" and "freedom is slavery") a new one. It is the emerging plan of congressional Democrats, joined by at least one Democratic presidential candidate: "losing is winning."

People Briefs

Murray refuses breathalyzer test

Hindu temple to open doors Sunday One of 3 mandirs in U.S.

LILBURN - The largest traditional Hindu temple in the country is scheduled to open in Gwinnett on Sunday, across the street from a strip shopping center and in view of a busy intersection.

Bank of Atlanta to open branch in Duluth next year

DULUTH - The Bank of Atlanta will open its first Gwinnett branch next year in Duluth.

Voter ID suit shifts to federal court Secretary of State defends photo ID requirement

ROME - Lawyers for groups challenging the state's new voter ID law Wednesday attacked the requirement that Georgians show a photo ID at the polls as both ineffective and a threat to voting rights.

After the storm, use patience to clean up the garden

Restoring or replacing your home and furnishings aren't the only chores awaiting after a storm-related disaster strikes. There's dealing with the landscape, too.

Important to stop menace of fire ants before you get stung

Fire ants are one of the worst insect pests. If their mounds are disturbed, they become aggressive and will inflict painful stings.

Gwinnett Gab

Dentist gets award

Another fight vs. garbage station Neighbors assail plan to build near OFS site

LAWRENCEVILLE - A fiber-optics company claims its plan to revitalize 75 acres in Norcross could be thwarted if a waste transfer station is approved a mile away, and other local businesses say if the trash business comes, it could drive them out.

Prep Roundup: Burns pitches, hits undefeated Grayson past Milton 7-0

SUWANEE - Mandi Burns kept her pitching record perfect and also powered the Grayson fastpitch softball team's offense Wednesday in a 7-0 victory over Milton in the Home America Mortgage Softball Invitational.

Private equity firm buys Loganville's GoodCents

LOGANVILLE - GoodCents, a Loganville company that provides marketing and field services for electric utility energy efficiency and peak load management programs, has been acquired by a fund managed by GFI Energy Ventures.

No reason to have an ugly landscape

Landscapes can be ugly for a lot of reasons.

"It's just like something clicked in my head and made me decide it's my time Talented Bolton ready to step up for Blue Devils

NORCROSS - It's a memory that is still quite fresh in the mind of Norcross head football coach Keith Maloof, one that makes him chuckle just at the thought of it.

Man sentenced in robbery of 69-year-old

WINDER - A Winder man accused of robbing a 69-year-old man outside a convenience store was sentenced Monday.

'Barbie Bandit' suspect pleads guilty

MARIETTA - One of two young women from Gwinnett County who gained national notoriety as the 'Barbie Bandits' pleaded guilty on Wednesday to theft and drug charges and made a tearful apology for her actions.

Helen Kinney

Helen Kinney, age 93 of Snellville, died August 21, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest tregistry at www.stewartfh.com ...

Robert Mullen

O. Born in Omaha in 1927, “Bob” served his country in the Navy during World War II. Upon leaving the Navy he worked as a Freight Traffic Representative ...

James Fox

Dr. James Edward Fox, DVM, age 83, of Hoschton, GA, died Tuesday, August 21, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Russell Smiley, Jr.

Russell Bruce Smiley, Jr., M.D., 72, of LaGrange, died August 20, 2007 at Hospice LaGrange. Born June 4, 1935 in Salem, VA, the son of the late Russell and Peggy ...

Era Cooper

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Era Virginia Oliver Cooper, age 90, of Pendergrass, who passed away on August 20, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Joel Luther

Joel H. Luther, age 81 of Snellville, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at ...

Cedelia Hosch

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Cedelia Reynolds Hosch, age 83, of Braselton, who passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Raymond Kisling

Raymond Orville Kisling, 68, of Stone Mountain, died August 21, 2007. He was a member of Mountain Park First Baptist Church. Mr. Kisling was retired from Gulf Oil and in ...

Theodore Hodges

Theodore B. Hodges, a retired CIA intelligence officer and former Notre Dame history professor, died at age 83 as a result of cancer. Mr. Hodges had been a resident of ...